Solar Bollard Lighting is a trading business owned by Key Wholesalers Pty Ltd based in Queensland Australia who was the main R&D company for all the groups solar lighting solutions dating back to 2003 and first developed our unique bollard design shape in late 2005 before starting production overseas in early 2006 of the 1st generation series of the solar bollard range.
Key Wholesalers Pty Ltd is a subsidiary trading company of Key Logic Pty Ltd the owner of all the solar bollard designs including the current SBL Series Registered Design No. 332890 which was first designed starting in late 2008 before final pre-production in 2012, ensured we had rectified any possible issues that the first generation had encountered.
In 2018 the all NEW SBL2 Series model range is now available with an Innovation Patent and a product that will outperform all our competition in light output, light distribution, autonomy, capabilities of running at full power dusk until dawn 365 days of the year no matter what global region and finally is submersible and we use Cylindrical LiFePo4 cells to power all our lights.
In Australia the shortest night runtime location is Darwin which is one of the closest poinst of Australia to the Equator with mid summer at 11.49hrs dusk until dawn on clear not overcast days, and mid winter is a minimum of 12.76hrs.
The rest of Australia's runtime is up to 15hrs per night mid winter which our model range accommodates with ease and models to also accomodate shading through the day.
We do not dim our lights, they run at full power from dusk until dawn when the correct power model is used for the installation location.
Most imported products only offer 8-12hr daily runtimes which does not work for Australian conditions based on the information on Darwin above.
They will run short or completely flat overcycling the battery which in turns decreases battery life and the need to replace batteries long before they should be needed if designed correctly.
They do not accomodate shading at the installation location, as they normally have one power model only in most cases or your almost guaranteed to have product failure. Some designs use dimming to conserve power to stop them from running flat.
Compared to prismatic cells, cylindrical cells can be produced much faster so more KWh per cell can be produced every day equaling lower $ per KWh. The electrodes in a cylindrical cell are wound tightly and encased in a metal casing,
This minimizes electrode material from breaking up from the mechanical vibrations, thermal cycling from charging and discharging and mechanical expansion of the current conductors inside from thermal cycling. Cylindrical cells radiate heat and control temperature more easily than prismatic cells.
Prismatic cells are made up of many positive and negative electrodes sandwiched together leaving more possibility for short circuit and inconsistency.
The larger cell size minimizes the possibility for automation leading to a lower degree of consistency. The internal electrodes can easily expand and contract causing deformation which can lead to a internal short circuit and are more prone to swelling similar to lead batteries.
Was designed that no direct impact is possible directly to the solar module due to distance between the PC dome and a shock absorbing adhesive attaching the module to the internal reflector reducing risk of shattering.
Our top dome design also ensures birds cannot easily use the solar bollard as a resting point as there are no flat surfaces or edges for them to grip on to. This also eliminates the need for bird spikes.
Also our design ensures no debris, dust can settle easily blocking the solar panel from recharging at full capacity daily.
Flat top solar panel designs are exposed to hair line fractures as there is not enough air space between the solar panel and the top outer cover. Direct impact on the solar panel will hairline fracture the cells making it fail or shatter and no longer be capable of recharging the battery.
There are videos out in the market showing a solar bollard light being impacted with the LED's running, but these LED's are not powered by the solar panel but by an internal battery, so if there was a hairline fracture to the solar module it would not show up in this video which is very misleading.
Flat top solar panels mounted on top of the bollard with exposed edge sections make it very easy for birds to rest or nest on or debris and dust to settle on this flat surface reducing the amount of irradiation into the solar panel thus reducing recharge capabilities and imminent failure of the battery.
With a decision in January 2009 by the parent company members to bring a majority of production operations of the group back to Australia the next generation became a Australian Made reality and was sold under licence through a another trading company as it had done with the first generation version. The license agreement terminated in November 2013 and Key Wholesalers Pty Ltd t/a Solar Bollard Lighting took control again of all sales and manufacturing of the SBL Series product line and developed the new Reflector option upgrades.
Solar Bollard Lighting's world renowned Vandal Resistant and Low Maintenance SBL Series Solar Bollards with a real 5 year warranty are proven to operate in the harshest and most diverse conditions from:
Alberta Canada where 2 of our model sizes the SBL75 and SBL120 run daily mid-winter for up to 16.93 hours per night in subzero temperatures, then being snow covered until 10am each day without dimming or failing. Our SBL75 has the capability of up to 19 hour nightly run times with minimal solar requirement for recharge.
Around Australian and other global sea front communities in heavy salt environments where our mid-range SBL150 and SBL120 units are mostly utilised
The very hot climates of Dubai UAE and Central Australia’s harsh mining sector with 50oC days where our most powerful unit the SBL210 is utilised.